I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
Directed by Meir Zarki

Starring Anthony Nichols Camille Keaton Eron Tabor Richard Pace

Universally condemned by virtually everyone, "I Spit on Your Grave" received a major publicity boost when it was singled out for abuse by Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert on their series "Sneak Previews." In a 1980 special devoted exclusively to the slasher genre, the two critics blasted "Friday the 13th" and other masked killer films, although they singled out "Halloween" as an excellent movie. They saved their greatest outrage for "Spit," a film about a female writer who is raped by three men, then gets revenge. She castrates one, hangs another and kills the third with a boat motor.

Although fairly well acted and directed for the type of film it is (Keaton is not, contrary to myth, related to Diane Keaton, but is related to Buster Keaton) "Spit" is slow-paced and suspenseless. It doesn't contain the gritty, documentary-style realism of either "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" or "Last House on the Left." Aside from offending prudes, it didn't have much of an impact.

But the film isn't without its merits. Completely devoid of a musical score and set entirely in daytime, the film does have a kind of crude power that comes through in Zarki's slow, workmanlike approach. The story is simple: A woman is raped, and kills off all her attackers.

Despite some pretty weak dialogue, the performances are actually quite good. The film is at least very memorable as part of a politically incorrect age when horror films tried to outdo themselves in terms of shock value. Needless to say, the film could not be made today.

It was originally titled "Day of the Woman."

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-- Review by Lucius Gore

USER COMMENTS

Posted by KEGS on June 5, 2008
So yeah. I remember the cover of this movie while looking through a Showbiz with a couple of friends. And without missing a beat after I had just picked it up to read the back, he looks and says "it's ok. great rape scenes though". So yeah for a woman to get revenge on guys like that is cool lol.


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